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the storm draws here and people in several states get ready. >> what maryland is doing to prepare. >> hello again. i'm don scott. >> i'm jessica kartalija. hurricane earl is headed towards the east coast. this is the scene in several states as residents prepare for the storm. high winds, massive waves and dangerous rip currents are being felt up and down the coast. wjz is live with extensive first warning coverage. adam may reports and alex demetrick has more on how maryland is preparing and tim williams and marty bass are
tracking earl. tim? >> this thing is still a monster storm and a category 4- rbgs consider add major storm, a major huncht anything category 3 and above is considered major. let's give you an update from the national hurricane center. earl is moving at 18 miles an hour. the storm has sustained winds of 3 -- 138 miles an hour, 200 miles from the center. as it moves on by, it is expected to generate some more watches and warnings, but still a category 2 as it moves past hour latitude. marty will talk about this and the plot in just a moment. what we're talking about, a hurricane watch is in effect for suffolk county and accally mat county, virginia, the pink and coastal flood advisories that we are not as concerned about, but we're talking about them because there will ab water buildup in the bay that
will be short lived and moved out as the storm moves on past. for more on the timing of this with a bit of a close-up look and the plot we send it out to marty. there's been a bit of a speedup with the 11:00 update as far as when is earl going to pass a beam of our area. let's take a look at the storm plot and i'll tell you how there's been a bit of a change, where it goes essentially perpendicular to the pap of chesapeake bay. that was going to be at 2 a.m. now it's going friday at 5 a.m. excuse me it was going to be friday 5 a.m. and now friday 8 a.m. that was going to be saturday morning 2 a.m. and has been moved up to friday at 8. we have taken and plotted
it. frankly, we moved it up many, many hours. this is the new spaghetti plot. it also has a bet of a significant change. it's moving the storm a little bit further out to sea. i think if you look down at the carolina capes, it's not as much inland and it take as more decided move up to the northeast as it once again goes a beam of our shore, so i think that's two significant changes. one, it's pick up speed. it will pass through the area earlier and quicker. with that spaghetti plot, that as all of the computer models. we start to see it pressing out just offshore that it could take just enough energy away from virginia beach, ocean city, the delaware national sea shore through long island, take enough of that energy and push it just far enough east that, well, damage could be minimized. we're not going to call this an
all clear by any stretch of the imagination. there have been a couple of changes in our favor. tim williams will expand and then fiona and gaston. we can't ignore how hot it s we tie a record for temperatures above 90. tim will have a full plate coming up shortly. now back inside. now alex demetrick is in baltimore county with more on how the state isgoering up for the storm -- is gearing up for the storm. it will go to a level three. that will bring in agencies from the national guard guard to state highways to public utilities. the governor and cabinet members were briefed on the impact. during isabelle a strong storm surge caused widespread flooding. that does not appear to be at play this time. >> what you're looking at is some of the bay water may be thrown out because as the
hurricane gets near us, it's supposed to pick up the speed. when it picks up, some of the water rolls back down the bay. so we're not looking at too much surge. there could be problems in chester county, but nothing that they're not used to dealing with. we're not expect any problem. >> okay. alex demetrick reporting there. joining us now is adam may. he's on his way to ocean city where people are keep lag close eye on the store. good afternoon, adam, what can you tell us. >> they are keeping a close eye on the storm. later on this afternoon, emergency management officials as well as city leaders in ocean city are going to be talking about their preparedness. as marty was saying, it does look like the storm will be further off the coast than some originally thought, 140, 15 miles off the coast, but that does not mean ocean city will be in the clear. they are right now predicting winds of 30 to 40 miles an hour in ocean city at the height of
the storm. wind gusts of 50 to 55 miles an hour. the impact could be some heavy waves, beach erosion, some minor to moderate flooding in some of the low lying areas and also those strong rip tides. we know that was a big problem last weekend with hurricane danielle. one person presumed drowned. what they're asking visitors and residents of ocean city to do is to make sure they have secured their loose objects outside such as lawn furniture and grills and asking all visitors to stay indoors at the height of the storm. that's because they simply want to make sure this's a safe labor day weekend for everybody. they're continuing to watch the storm. we'll have updates later on this afternoon. >> thank you. stay with wjz for the latest on hurricane earl. wjz is always on to track the storm and to get forecast
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hostages. lee was shot and killed by the police. his bombs were safely destroyed by the bomb squad. back to you. thank you. none of the hostages were hurt. lee had protested outside the building for years saying discovery wasn't doing enough to save the planet. after 24 hours, there's no word from state senator ulysses currie after his indictment on charges. he faces a slew of charges including bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and extortion. he had been under vegs for suspected ethic violations. investigators said currie received millions for the shopper's food chain while working as a consultant for the store. peace talks are underway for the first time in two years. the president is seeking a firm peace agreement between israeli and palestinian leaders, a goal that has eluded u.s. presidents for decades. they hope this leads to the
formation of palestinian statement of the obama administration says it's cautiously optimistic the two side also be able do reach an agreement. there could be good news for workers concerned about being laid off. analysts said productivity in the spring fell to the lowest mark in four years that could indicate that companies have reached the limit of squeezing the work out of workers. retailers have made solid gains. speaking of wall stroot, stocks are mixed. the dow is down almost three points. the is up 5 and the nasdaq is up more than 13. still to come on wjz eyewitness news at noon, a rap star once again finds himself in police custody. and a big league brawl. players let their fists do the talking. now the league could be dishing out some punishment. you've got to see what happened
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you see the out are bands of pearl starting to drift across cape hatteras, cape lookout. this is the beginning. these are the outer cloud bands. some are heavy enough that they'll get showers. we'll see this type of activity increase by midnight or so. the outer banks of north carolina will start to see steadier showers. as marty talked about the timing, you'll see it tomorrow morning. 88 degrees. temperature at bwi-marshall ties, the record, 54 days of temperatures at 90 or plus, provided we go up two more degrees. winds from the south, southeast. 30.01 is your barometer reading.
across the state 86 in oakland. 91 in washington county. upper 80s across most of the state. 87 in bel air. 84 in annapolis. 84 in kent island. let's talk about what's going on. this front is going to be moving into our direction. high pressure over us is weakening. it's moving off into the atlantic, but this front is going to be the buffer that keeps earl making that turn to the north and northwest away from us and eventually to the north and northeast. so it's going to be moving up and away. that is the key. the front will move on through starting tomorrow morning and the longer it takes for this front to get here and get out into the atlantic, the closer earl is going to be. we're expecting the timing to be pretty good and the buffer keeps earl away. again, category four as of now with 130 plus-mile-an-hour sustained winds move together north, now.
fiona, tropical storm, sustained winds well out into the atlantic. gaston we'll watch, taking a very southerly route this will be affecting some of the caribbean islands, again, tropical depression as of right now, but gaston will be strengthening to a category 1 hurricane. with all of that said, 94 today. partly sunny and hot. tonight 66 degrees and west of the western shores of the bay we're not going to see much impact from earl moving on through. partial sunshine tomorrow, 92. it's going to be a pretty nice day after earl gets out of here. the weekend for labor day looks great. still to come on wjz eyewitness news at noon, fighting alzheimer's. wjz 13 is always on. here are the top stories on at wjz.com. for all the instant updates, for all the instant updates, log on to wjz.com. ,,
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we covered earl. let's tune into the labor day weekend. it will get beautiful with temperatures 80 saturday, sunday and monday. tuesday it gets warm and humid with high of 88. if the numbers are worked out correctly, welcome to a holiday weekend. now back inside. don't forget about tonight's prime-time lineup. at 10:00 it's the "the mentalist" followed by eyewitness news at 11. if you thought your morning commute was rough, be glad you don't live in china.
look at this traffic jam. it has grown to more than 75 miles long over the past three days. >> looks like the jfx on a bad day. >> it does. right around that 5:30 rush hour. >> stay tuned for more on earl. we'll be following that all day. day. >> thanksks,,,,
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